To be honest, I’ve never really acknowledged the saying, “You are what you eat,” until recently. I mean, can it be that obvious? Turns out, it can be! When it comes to our maturing skin especially, I’ve found that a natural diet can, in fact, slow the aging process. Better than wrinkle creams or Botox, an adequate supply of essential nutrients will help you notice softer and younger-looking skin in no time. That means cutting out pro-aging foods like sugar, salt, red meat, charred meat, as well as saturated and trans fats, and replacing them with anti-aging foods like the ones below. You won’t believe how good age prevention tastes:
1. Cocoa: Rich in flavanols, or active antioxidants, cocoa promotes anti-inflammatory benefits that boost nutrient and oxygen supply, encouraging blood vessels to relax and keeping the skin youthful.
2. Blueberries: The list of antioxidants in blueberries is known to smooth fine lines, prevent cell damage, and reduce wrinkles, ultimately improving overall appearance.
3. Spinach: Phytoceramides, plant-based ceramides found in spinach, can protect the skin’s outer layer, keeping the surface hydrated, healthy, and firm.
4. Olive Oil: A Mediterranean-style diet, rich in olive oil, provides beneficial vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that hydrate the skin and improve circulation to maintain its elasticity and suppleness.
5. Pomegranates: High in antioxidants, catechins, and anthocyanins, pomegranates are known for guarding against the wrinkling effects of sun damage and stimulating keratin cells, which are present in healthy, youthful skin.
6. Fish: The omega-3 fats and powerful anti-inflammatory agents found in fish, particularly halibut, mackerel, and salmon, have been proven to strengthen cell membranes and slow the aging process.
7. Watermelon: Containing lycopene, a substance with powerful antioxidant effects, watermelon protects the skin from UV damage while regulating the balance of water and nutrients in cells.
8. Tomatoes: Like watermelon, the key anti-aging compound found in tomatoes is lycopene. Tomatoes also contain certain vitamins that build collagen and help maintain a youthful and smooth skin texture.
9. Strawberries: Packed with vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties, strawberries can boost collagen production and reduce dryness, age-spots, and wrinkles.
10. Edamame: Rich in isoflavones and phytochemicals, edamame and other soy products help preserve skin-firming collagen and elastin, and can even eliminate dark spots beneath the eyes.
As you can see, good skin relies on good nutrients. It’s that simple. If you know of any key foods that help as well, we’d love it if you could share them in the comment section below!